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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

rss.js

June 7, 2017

With all of the JSON Feed hubbub recently I thought it was interesting to read Dave Winer’s post re: how he had created a JSON spec based on RSS in 2012 called rss.js:

I wanted to see if there was interest among developers for a JSON version of RSS. I put up a website, with comments, and added a JSON feed to my blog (technically it was JSONP). Wired even asked me to write a piece about it.

More time needs to pass to see if JSON Feed has longer legs than rss.js. But my guess is that Winer, as usual, was very early with this idea and that developers weren’t nearly as fed up with XML then as they are today. In fact, I’d bet there are JavaScript developers today that have never had to parse an XML feed of any sort (RSS or otherwise) because they’ve only needed to deal with JSON.